Cleveland Public Library Presents: 2022 Norman A. Sugarman Children’s Biography Awards

Cleveland Public Library will celebrate authors, illustrators, and publishers during the virtual 2022 Norman A. Sugarman Children’s Biography Awards ceremony.  

This year’s winner is critically-acclaimed author Suzanne Slade and illustrator Cozbi A. Cabrera for their book, Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks. Published by Abrams Books, Exquisite is about the first Black person to win a Pulitzer Prize. 

Additionally, four authors received Sugarman Honor Awards:  

The Sugarman Award is given biennially, and the award recipients are chosen by a committee appointed by Cleveland Public Library.  

The award was established by Joan G. Sugarman in memory of her husband, Norman A. Sugarman, a prominent tax attorney who was born and raised in Cleveland and later served in Washington, D.C. 

Sugarman Committee

  • Annisha Jeffries, Chair of the Norman A. Sugarman Children’s Biography Committee and Youth Services Manager at Cleveland Public Library
  • Erica Marks, Youth Services Program Director at Cleveland Public Library
  • Tracy Isaac, Lending Assistant Supervisor at Cleveland Public Library, Hough Reads Coordinator 
  • Rhonda Crowder, Glenville Branch Children’s Librarian 
  • Peter Roth, Memorial-Nottingham Branch Librarian 
  • Joanna RiveraLan Gao, Youth Services Librarian at Cleveland Public Library, and 
  • Charles Ellenbogen, English teacher at Campus International High School.